Friday, November 16, 2018

2018 Topps Gallery - All the Dodgers Base Cards

This week saw the official release of Topps Gallery Baseball -- an online and Walmart exclusive card brand. It features a 200 card base set of what is described as hand-painted portraits. Check out all of the Dodger base cards below. Go here to check out a complete checklist. As I said, they can be found only on the store-shelves of your local Walmart. You can also order boxes direct from Topps here. At this time only the 7-pack value boxes are available - the 20 pack hobby boxes are sold out. BTW, poster sized versions of these cards are also available directly from Topps. Go here to check those out.

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#9 Tim Locastro            #10 Alex Verdugo

#18 Yasiel Puig                 #34 Chris Taylor

Blog Kiosk: 11/16/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


I can't wait for spring.

Featured above is a 1942 Spring Training pic during a Dodgers trip to Havana, Cuba. You can see shortstop Pee Wee Reese comically stepping over some bats at La Tropical Stadium. Photo found at CubanBéisbol.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1961 the expansion New York Mets unveiled a circular logo that includes the team colors of the two teams who skipped town just a few years before -- it has Dodger Blue and Giants orange. In 1966 Sandy Koufax missed out on winning his second MVP award by ten votes to Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente. As you know, this would be Koufax's last major league season. 
  • Happy BirthdayJoe StraussGlenn Burke & Julio Lugo!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 11/15/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


I yearn for Spring Training.

Here is another spring pic (eBay auction link) from Dodgertown in Vero Beach. It features grizzled vet Duke Snider taking some rips at the plate. It is dated on the reverse to January 6, 1961, but that couldn't be right. I can't imagine he, or any ballplayer, would be in Florida this early. Also, does anybody know who the coach is in the background - likely hitting grounders to eager infielders?

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1962 Dodger Hall of Famer Don Drysdale is named the NL Cy Young Award winner.  He went 25-9 with an 2.83 ERA, 19 complete games and 232 strike outs.  In 1988 Dodgers outfielder and legend Kirk Gibson was named the NL MVP. He lead the Dodgers to an unexpected World Series Championship -- slashing .290/.377/.483/.860 with 25 home runs, 76 RBI's and an untold number of highlights throughout the season. In 2016 Dave Roberts is named the winner of the Manager of the Year Award in the National League. The rookie skipper records a 97-71 record to finish 1st in the NL West.
  • Happy Birthday, Pat Ragan, Jay PartridgeMickey LivingstonJack Smith & Pedro Borbón!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 11/14/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


The Hollywood Stars Game was the best. Featured above are 1981 participants John Ritter and Ann Jillian, found on eBay.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1979 the Dodgers signed free agent starting pitcher David Goltz to a six-year $3MM contract. The former eight-year Twins veteran went 9-19 with a 4.25 ERA in three season with the team before being release in 1982. In 2016 Corey Seager is the unanimous winner of the National League Rookie of the Year award.
  • Happy BirthdayHarry HowellRed SheridanJim Brewer & Tim Hamulak!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 11/13/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


If I could name a 'Captain' on the Dodgers it would be Justin Turner. He, along with several other Dodgers' spent yesterday afternoon with 400 military veterans and their families at Dodger Stadium. Per Doug Padilla at MLB.com:
"Being Veterans Day, Veterans Weekend, having a chance to give a little bit of time to say thank you and spend time with the men and women that sacrifice their life, their family, their time to go defend our country is a no-brainer for me," said Turner, who also visited fire evacuation centers in the Los Angeles area last week. "I would have not been anywhere else.
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"For me, my guy is Justin Turner, because every time I see him, I'm always watching him and he's always saluting the vets and he's always into the vets," Ortega said. "So that's my favorite player right there. He is a good teammate, and it reminds me of all the guys I was with [in the Army]. It was all about teamwork."
Pic above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:

Monday, November 12, 2018

2018 Topps Triple Threads - All the Dodgers Insert Cards

Here is a look at most of the Dodgers inserts available in packs of 2018 Triple Threads. Go here to check out the Dodgers base cards.

On a side note, it always seems like I learn something new when I see the Triple Threads Relics. As you know, these cards include three game-used uniform relic pieces framed to say some phrase unique to the player.

For instance, Clayton Kershaw has a card that includes the phrase, "12-0 1.70 ERA". This is meant to reflect a remarkable streak he had during the 2017 season where he went 16 consecutive games - from May 6th to September 1st - and went 12-0 with a 1.70 ERA.

A second Kershaw card, though had me totally confused. What the heck is a Lid-Lifter? Until this past week, I had never heard of this phrase, and the description on the reverse of the card didn't help me out. It says:
Clayton made his franchise-record eighth Opening Day start in 2018. He suffered his first loss despite allowing just one run, but went 2-for-2 at the plate.
Huh?

Fortunately, a quick Wiktionary search unearthed an answer. A Lid-Lifter is sports slang for the first game played. Hence, the Opening Day reference seen above.

I'd love to know how this idiom came to be. If you happen to know please pass that knowledge along.

Triple Threads Relic

#TTR-CKRS1 Clayton Kershaw      #TTR-CKRS2 Clayton Kershaw